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    Default Forest Service digital maps for Android and Apple

    From an article in today's Oregonian newspaper:

    PDF Maps Mobile by Avenza Systems.

    Android:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...?id=com.Avenza
    Hmm - I don't see the Forest Service maps available yet but plenty of other sources to load maps from - Nat. Geo, Google Earth, etc.

    Aso be available from iTunes.

    Haven't had a chance to play with the maps yet but will be checking them out 'soon'.

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    I don't know if you can use them, butUSDA Forest Service FSGeodata Clearinghouse - FSTopo or Primary Base Series / States & Territories has Forest Service PDF maps. I've only used the TIFF format because I can import those to OziExplorer, but the maps are nice. Much better than the old scanned USGS topo maps and they have FS road numbers (and maybe other stuff) that the USGS maps don't (at least in my experience).

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    Sounds promising. Sure hope something in the inexpensive price range comes of it.
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    I've used it a bit and the FS maps work just fine. The maps and the app version are free. The only problem is you have to manually switch maps when you leave one. Here is a guide to use the app:

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    I have spent a small amount of time with the PDFMaps android app and I am now able to access the FS maps. I just had to learn the right combination of search parameters.

    I also installed the US Topo Maps app which seems to be a more advanced mapping app but I find both apps to be WAY too small on my Nexus 5 smartphone.
    (Something about old dudes and their eyesight...l)

    But I do have a Nexus 7 tablet winging its way to me so stayed tuned.

    Toy Man

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    Thanks for the research and update. I am looking forward to hearing more. You're a good man, Toy Man!
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    Toy Man, our eyes aren't getting old, 'they' just keep making the print and other stuff smaller, hehe . . . .

    Free FS maps for download for use with PDFMaps (sure this or a similar link has been posted here somewhere)

    USDA Forest Service FSGeodata Clearinghouse - FSTopo or Primary Base Series / Regions

    I am also going to check out that US Topo maps app, but it looks like the free version is limited. Oh well, there's always OruxMaps which has been free for years . . .
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    I bought the pro version of US TOPO so will be able to check it out this coming week when the tablet gets here.

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    FWIW - I just started using my Nexus 7 and The Backcountry Navigator App. BCN is $10 and has maps that you can download for free. So far in my limited use it seems to work pretty well. Another option anyway.

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    My Nexus 7 should be here by the end of the week.

    BCN is one the three mappings apps I have installed and will be evaluating.

    Toy Man

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